by Joe Cada
You know that old phrase about how you can look at the glass like it's half empty, or you can look at it like it's half full? Let's just say that 'my glass is half full' way of looking at the 2010 World Series of Poker is: "I'm still batting .500 in Main Event wins."
Not only did I not win the Main Event again, not only did I not cash in the Main Event, but I didn't cash in a single event at the entire 2010 World Series of Poker. I put the "brick" in "brick and mortar casino"!
But I'm going to beat you to the punch when I say: "Boo-freaking-hoo, Cada!" I may have bricked the entire Series, I may have bricked 90% of the tournaments I've played since last year's Main Event - but I am still 100% grateful. In 2009 I was able to accomplish something that millions of people dream of; I'm not about to forget that just because I'm going through a bit of a rough patch.
Besides, the summer wasn't a total waste, as me and a bunch of guys rented a house in Vegas. PokerStars offered to get me a room at the Palms, and while that place is off the chain, I couldn't pass up the chance to share a sick house in Vegas with some of the best poker players in the world, who also happen to be great friends.
Dean Hamrick was one of those friends. He won a bracelet. Congrats, Dean! It didn't change him a bit. Two nights later he fell asleep on the couch watching Mr. Deeds. The house was pretty cool, but without the pool, hot tub, billiard and air hockey tables, the place probably would have been pretty boring. That's why I went out and bought an Xbox for the place.
Sure, I will be dethroned this year as Main Event champion, but I'll be damned if I'm going to let anyone mess with my Master Chief!
Recently I went to the PokerStars Latin America Poker Tour stop in Brazil. I didn't really want to go at first, but the country was beautiful and I was determined to learn a bit of Portugeuse so I could chat with the Brazilians.
Speaking of which - LAPT Brazil marked the first stop of my re-dedication to poker. I took some time off, mentally at least, for the victory lap, but you can expect to see me grinding it pretty hard in the coming months - especially at the upcoming WCOOP.
The PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker continues to be the pinnacle in online tournaments. It's basically the World Series of the online world, and I know me and all of my friends are getting all our laptop batteries charged for this one. Hope to see you guys there.
You can visit the official WCOOP site to see how you can qualify for any of the 62 events.